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Treasury extends FBAR Deadline Again

Posted by William Byrnes on December 22, 2011


In a merciful move, the Treasury has again extended the FBAR filing deadline for persons with only signature authority over a foreign financial account to November 1, 2011. [Notice 2011-54]. Two previous extensions had pushed the FBAR due date to June 30, 2011, but the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the IRS recognized the difficulty signatories were having locating the information they needed to complete the form.

Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), must be filed annually by all U.S. citizens, residents, business entities, trusts, and estates with a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts (FFA) with an aggregate value greater than $10,000.

Read this complete analysis of the impact at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).

For previous coverage of the FBAR in Advisor’s Journal, see Do Your Clients’ International Assets Create Criminal Tax Exposure? (CC 11-73) & IRS Provides FBAR Answers (CC 11-119).

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Foreign Account Compliance: Are Foreign Policies Included?

Posted by William Byrnes on December 20, 2011


The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was designed as a comprehensive measure to combat offshore tax evasion—a noble aim. However, FATCA’s comprehensiveness is also a burden for many in the financial services industry, especially insurance carriers and producers. In comments to regulators, one foreign life insurance trade organization, the Association of International Life Offices (AILO), recently called FATCA’s requirements “onerous and disproportionate to the risk involved.”

Passed as part of H.R. 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act) on March 18, 2010, FATCA combats tax evasion by requiring disclosure from foreign institutions about accounts held by people, including U.S. citizens, and institutions risk being subject to U.S. tax. Many life insurance and annuity contracts are classified “accounts” under the Act, although FATCA doesn’t generally apply to property, casualty, and term life insurance contracts.

Read this complete analysis of the impact at AdvisorFX (sign up for a free trial subscription with full access to all of the planning libraries and client presentations if you are not already a subscriber).

For previous coverage of FATCA in Advisor’s Journal, see IRS Proposed FATCA Guidance Expands Offshore Compliance Initiatives (CC 10-52) & Offshore’s Limited Shelf Life (CC 10-47).

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Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery, and Compliance: A Global Guide

Posted by William Byrnes on December 2, 2011


Register now to access Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery, and Compliance: A Global Guide, and receive a complimentary chapter in PDF! Order before December 15, 2011 and save 20%!*

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Written by Professors William Byrnes & Robert Munro of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, the new publication contains in-depth coverage of the laws and government actions in 47 nations to combat money laundering, terrorist funding and similar practices. Each nation has its own chapter with sections covering:

  • Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing;
  • Criminal and civil forfeiture;
  • Compliance & risk; and
  • International cooperation.

The remaining nations of the world will be covered in quarterly updates scheduled to go live in 2012 and 2013.

Because the new product spans so many practice areas, it appears on seven area-of-law pages (Accounting, Banking, Criminal, Foreign Law, International Law, International Trade, and Taxation), plus Lexis Tax Center.  Just look under “Search Analysis, Law Reviews & Journals”.

This title is also available as an ebook and mobile-book.

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